Thankfully, I live in a state that has very few homeschool requirements. One of those few requirements is to keep an accurate record of attendance.
I’ll be honest and say I don’t do such a great job in keeping up with this task.
We are definitely consistent schoolers, because if we don’t have our usual routine, chaos reigns (of which I’m not a fan). I feel confident that we are learning a majority of the time, I just forget to write it down.
To improve upon my poor attendance records, I created a simple one sheet where I can mark our attendance for the day and be done with it.
Since I’m starting this in the middle of the school year, I am only including January through June 2014. I’ll publish a new record in April of this year which will be a more traditional record for July 2014 through June 2015.
How to Use this Attendance Record
After taking an ample amount of time to wrap my brain around the big picture of our homeschool, I tend to plan in weekly segments.
During my big planning time right before this new semester started, I recorded all of the days on the attendance record where we would not have school. Things like doctor’s appointments or birthdays or field trips or just regular time off were put on the schedule.
By eliminating the days we won’t have school, I can more easily see what kind of time frame we have to work with in terms of scheduling our day-to-day school work.
I definitely do not use this as a personal calendar (I use a Google Calendar for that) since the blocks are intentionally small. I strictly needed an attendance record and wanted it to fit on one side of the paper, hence the small squares.
On the days that we are in school, I simply put a check in the box once our day is completed.
There is also a spot at the end of the sheet to record how many total days of school were completed each month.
I hope this attendance record makes it a little easier for you to keep track of school, too! Enjoy!